Structure of Sub-Committees

The first Bank Management Committee was appointed by the City Council in 1916 to oversee the establishment and operation of Neville Chamberlain's  War Savings Scheme, which saw the foundation of the temporary Birmingham Corporation Savings Bank (BCSB). In 1919 the Committee negotiated with the Government to evolve the temporary bank into a permanent bank, with greater powers including the ability to make loans for the purpose of purchasing houses.


The permanent Birmingham Municipal Bank (BMB) opened in September 1919 and remained a department of Birmingham City Council until March 31st 1976. After that date, the Bank was part of the Trustee Savings Bank movement with the title Birmingham Municipal Trustee Savings Bank - although no longer part of Birmingham Corporation, the Bank's trustees were appointed by the Council.


The following pages provide details of the Committee members for each of the three Banks:


These Committees (sometimes referred to as the 'Management Committee' or the 'General Committee') oversaw all aspects of the Banks' management. To assist in this responsibility, the Management Committee was assisted by a number of Sub-Committees. The Sub-Committees reported to the Management Committee, either seeking confirmation of their actions or making recommendations that required authorisation.


A variety of Sub-Committees existed for much of the life of the BCSB and the BMB. The title, purpose, longevity, and scope of these Sub-Committees varied from time-to-time:


 - Consultative Sub-Committee (staffing, pay, branches, etc)

(1) January 1917 to July 1919

(2) January 1921 to January 1924


 - Publicity Sub-Committee (propaganda and advertising)

(1) August 1919 to August 1920

(2) January 1921 to January 1922

(3) October 1922 to January 1924


 - House Purchase 'A' and 'B' Sub-Committees (mortgage policy, applications, arrears, etc)

 (1) November 1920 to October 1921


 - House Purchase Sub-Committee (merger of 'A' and 'B' Sub-Committees)

(1) April 11th 1921

(2) November 1921 to October 1926

(3) December 1926 to May 1959


 - Finance & House Purchase Sub-Committee (brief merger of two separate Sub-Committees)

(1) November 1925 to October 1926


 - Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee (financial matters etc)

(1) September 1919 to December 1921

(2) December 1933 to May 1959


 -Finance Sub-Committee (financial matters etc)

(1) January 1922 to October 1925

(2) November 1926 to October 1935


 - General Purpose Sub-Committee (specific issues including Rules & Regulations; Auditors; etc)

(1) January 1922 to October 1935


 -Staff Welfare (working conditions etc)

(1) November 1945 to July 1946

(2) November 1946 to January 1950


 - Investment (Investment of the Bank's assets)

(1) April 1972 to November 1973


 - Special Sub-Committees (formed for specific purposes)

(1) March 21st 1927 (Publishing & The History of the Bank)

(2) May 6th 1946 (Joint Finance & General Purposes/House Purchase)

(3) December 22nd 1947 (Investments)

(4) February 15th 1949 (Arrangements with Council's Finance Committee)

(5) October 27th 1952 (Appointments)

(6) December 16th 1954 (Staff Grading)

(7) September 18th 1956 (Appointments)

(8) February to July 1964 (Appointments)

(9) December 1967 to October 1969 (Bank's Golden Jubilee)

(10) April 1969 (Appointments)

(11) November 1969 to April 1970 (Investments)

(12) January 1970 (Appointments)

(13) September 1971 to March 1972 (Investments)

(14) March 1973 to July 1973 (Working hours; un-remunerative accounts, etc)

(15) October 1973 to March 1974 (TSB status)